Szechuan French Green Beans


A homemade Szechuan sauce is good on anything…or even by itself! You can liven up any vegetable with this sauce and it is a great side or main dish. It covers the sweet & salty and umami to the tenth. I can’t get enough of this sauce. I make it on any veggies I have or even with just plain rice. It is super super delicious. When I made these Szechuan French Green Beans I ate the whole pan…DH had to fend for himself that night! This is a Vegetarian & a Vegan Recipe too.

I have made this too many times to count as a simple side and even when I just feel like a veggie overload. I am entering this in “House Favorites: Vegan” for this month, hosted by Claire on Chez Cayenne.

Delicious Rating: Easy recipe and Delicious! What more can I say?


5.0 from 8 reviews
Szechuan French Green Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 4 Side Dishes
Perfect served with rice or an Asian chicken dish.
  • 1 lb french green beans, ends trimmed
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 5 tbsp scallions, minced
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Steam green beans for 5-minutes.
  2. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  3. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, wine, and sugar in a small bowl.
  4. Heat oil in large skillet and stir-fry beans for 1 minute.
  5. Set beans aside on a platter.
  6. Reheat oil and add onion, garlic, ginger, scallions, and red pepper flakes and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  7. Return beans to skillet and fry for an additional minute.
  8. Add sauce and coat beans well.
  9. Serve immediately.

Make sure not to overcook your green beans. Keep them firm but cooked!

The sauce smells and tastes delicious. Don’t leave out the fresh ginger. It really gives this recipe exactly what they need to be delicious!




  1. Oh yum! I’m always looking for a new way to cook green beans. I’ll bet this would be good on broccoli too. Thanks for sending this to House Favorites.

  2. Found this recipe. Want to try it. What does one do with the crushed red pepper? I can’t see to find it in the recipe. Does it go in with the onion, garlic, ginger and scallions?

    I’m not fond of sweet dishes in the main part of the meal. 2 Tablespoons of sugar is quite a lot. Is this more of a sweet and sour sauce?

    1. Lori! You know what, the sesame seeds are in the sesame oil I use but if you don’t have sesame seeds, no big deal. If you do, use them if you would like.

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